Power Ride to benefit Women Build program

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County’s Women Build Guild will host the "2011 Power Ride” cycling poker ride on Saturday, April 30 at the Village Bike Shop, 8771 S.E. Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.

This family-friendly event consists of a 7 a.m. 62-mile "Hammer Down” ride; an 8 a.m. 35-mile "Flying Trusses” ride; and a 9 a.m. 10-mile "Building Blocks” family fun ride. All rides start and finish at the Village Bike Shop and water, sports drinks and snacks will be available at rest stops along each of the routes. Registration is $40 ($50 after April 25) and $20 for children 17 and under. Registered participants will receive a poker hand and a T-shirt. All proceeds will benefit Habitat’s 2011 Women Build home. For online registration and maps of the bike routes, visit HabitatMartin.org. Registration will also be available at the event, beginning at 6:15 a.m.

Barry Grant Marsh of BGM Creative will serve as event emcee and Joe Horvath will act as poker dealer. Prizes will be awarded for best poker hand, including two Trek beach cruisers. During the event, up to three additional cards per person can be purchased for $5 each.

A variety of activities will be available before and after the rides. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office will host a bike safety program at 8:15 a.m. and Lowe’s will host a building clinic for children from 10 to 11 a.m. The Habitat ReStore truck will also be on site from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to accept donations of furniture, home goods and building supplies. Refreshments will be available after the rides at Village Bike Shop, as well as raffle prizes including a TV, tennis lessons, a round of golf/lunch at Monarch Country Club, and much more.

Special recognition goes to BankAtlantic, Gulfstream Bank, Trek, Seacoast National Bank, Total Quality Services, Eleanor Guernsey/Cynthia Daugherty, and Proctor, Crook, Crowder, & Fogal for sponsoring this event.

Visit HabitatMartin.org or call (772) 223-9940 for more information.

About Women Build

The 2011 Habitat for Humanity of Martin County Women Build home will be built for Shameeka Dixon and her twin 5-year-old boys in the Hobe Sound community of Banner Lake. Construction began in January and Dixon is contributing to Habitat’s sweat equity requirement of 300 volunteer hours. She’ll purchase the home with a no-profit loan and her monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes. Construction will conclude in May and Habitat will present the keys to Dixon in time for Mother’s Day.

Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages women and girls to have fun and make a difference by building homes and communities. Women crews around the world have built thousands of homes since Women Build’s official creation in 1998. Each year, more homes are added as affiliates, donors and sponsors discover the impact of women volunteers and their resources.

About Habitat for Humanity of Martin County

Habitat for Humanity of Martin County is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that extends the opportunity to purchase simple, decent, affordable homes to local families who would not otherwise have that chance. The three key criteria necessary in order to make homeownership a reality for families include the need for shelter, ability to pay, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call (772) 223-9940 or visit HabitatMartin.org.

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